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SHILLONG: The battle of the giants is gaining steam as the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Sunday issued a stern warning to Garo militants asking them to immediately halt their operations in Khasi Hills region otherwise things would take a ugly turn.
The warning from HNLC comes after one 69 – year old Khasi identified as Dinarsing Syiemlieh, a coal businessman, was abducted by Garo rebels from Kolagoan coal depot near Umsur in Borsora area, South West Khasi Hills (SWGH) District.The outfit demanded its counterpart to immediately release Syiemlieh before things take a communal turn.
The rebels are seen to be roaming proudly and freely in and around West Khasi Hills till date. Is the Meghalaya Police able to tackle these militants questioned the HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw.
In a press communiqué HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said,"We make it clear that the outfit will not be responsible if the relationship between two communities ends due to the illegal acts by the Garo militants against our people. The Garo militants should not operate within the jurisdiction of Khasi Hills region especially areas like Borsora, Shahlang and others. They will have to respect this because the HNLC has not encroached in their territory and have never caused harm to their innocent people".
The outfit asked Garo militants to stop terrorizing Khasis and refrain from converting Meghalaya into second Bihar.
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